Ten Annoying Things About the Grey’s Anatomy Season 6 Finale
1. Out of Character Olympics
The writing for all the characters is strangely foreign and most of what comes out of their mouths is weirdly alien to their patterns of behavior and speech. Stone cold Meredith Grey cries so hard and so fast it’s almost like watching a video game. Unreal.
Meredith, Lexie and April have a competition to see how many people can burst into a critical room and whimper their heads off. Bailey merely gets honorable mention as a panicked, desperate doctor who drags a body the length of a hallway and then blows her stack because the elevator doesn’t work.
2. Babbling Idiot Character
April has outlived her shelf life as former Mercy West resident. Even her crush on Dr. Derek Shepherd is a pointless plot twist. The amazing thing is that she is allowed in the hospital at all. She performed an inefficient examination on one of the fire victims and caused her death. Her useless crush on Derek is a question mark in a show driven by strategic twists. Yet there is more April in this finale than anyone can stomach.
April finds Dr. Reed shot dead. She alerts nobody but goes directly to her crush’s office to get his attention. April babbles when she goes to Shepherd. She babbles when she sees the shooter. She babbles when she gets discovered hiding after the shooter confrontation. So many words pour out of her mouth is must have been three pages of scripts. Nobody, not even the shooter wants to hear all this. But why does April keep inserting herself into all these events she does not belong in?
She can’t shut up when Cristina takes her in hand after the Chief is shot. That April is there at all versus Nosedive or Reed is ridiculous. I concluded watching these scenes that the agents for those actors had asked for too much money for their characters to recur. The entire Mercy West plotline was to bring characters to the Seattle Grace hospital who weren’t sleeping with the main attendings. (Dr. Reed did sleep with Mark Sloane, evidently that was her arc and then she was finished).
When Cristina and Avery discuss Shepherd’s surgery April seems oblivious. She stares uncomprehending at both of them. Wouldn’t she be grasping at any idea to save the man she loved? The writing is extremely flawed. April’s moving heaven and earth would have bonded her with Meredith. Instead she tags along into every major scene like so much extra baggage.
Why was this character in so many scenes? Even the main scenes between Meredith and Cristina, the dialogue and action feature an unwanted and unwelcome April in between them at almost every juncture. When did this character become so important that the Meredistina relationship had to become infused with it? April is the least interesting Mercy West character and the one most featured in the finale.
3. Killed off the Good Ones
Nosedive was a great character but he got killed off. Karev had some killer instincts in an emergency, but all we got to see was him prostrate in pain. Reed just got taken down. Shepherd’s scenes barely looked credible, and the most important death in the two finale episodes was gone almost unremarked and undiscussed, even when the two characters involved did nothing else except jabber in every situation.
The patient from the Altman O. R. gets dragged almost a football field in length after complicated and sterile cardio surgery, but doesn’t die. Dragging patients through hallways is the new Seattle Grace sport. Nosedive gets dragged 50 feet and dies. Shepherd has about ten people in the O. R. with him during open heart surgery. He survives.
4. Too Much Storyline on the Police Force
The gag moment of this episode comes when the tension inside the hospital demands a matching reaction from outside. It doesn’t happen. The whirl of sirens and the babble of radio frequencies disconcerts these trained professionals. More critical information comes out of a laptop display than any piece of dialogue exchanged between the police officers and SWAT people.
When multiple voice clips from the hospital display their data and sound bites, nobody even writes anything down. Inside the hospital, five SWAT team members walk in attack formation in heavy armor down the middle of the hallways and are clearly scene by the Shooter. He is not taken down until several shooting episodes later.
This is not only stupid but asinine. By walking up the stairs they could have prevented both Meredith’s miscarriage and Owen’s shooting by closing off that floor. The reality seeps out during these scenes. It just doesn’t feel real. The only people moving or talking in a glass walled mall are the visible single shooter and his victims, and the SWAT team heads for another floor. Meredith screaming alerts nobody, nor do April’s babblings.
5. Lexie Grey is Useless
History has shown that every time Lexie opens her mouth, other people suffer. When Lexie walked in on the Chief’s meeting with Cristina and Meredith, her blurted babblings got Cristina kicked out of the running for solo surgery. Meredith and Cristina had a once in a lifetime feud over this because supposedly Cristina was to blame for all the resident’s assistants performing unauthorized operations.
Lexie opened her mouth to George, her roommate and senior resident at the hospital, bad-mouthing him because he didn’t fall in love with her. George’s fragility could be sen by anyone but Lexie. She then dyed her hair blonde and walked around Seattle Grace like some race car driving hotshot attending. Lexie walked out on Mark Sloane, the right man for her, because he was stepping up to his child and her crisis.
Leaving him rudderless and emotionally distraught, Sloan then becomes an anchor boyfriend for Cristina’s rival. Korev barely cares for her, and Lexie spends the entire episode whimpering over him in the conference room. Lexie never appears like an adult, just an overprivileged child coasting on on the Grey reputation at Seattle Grace. She is indeed Thatcher Grey’s child, whining and neurotic.
6. The Shooter Shoots Too Long
Ever try to walk into a hospital? Go behind a desk or into a closed corridor? People stop you every five feet. The shooter in the Grey’s Anatomy episode looks menacing and they know him, but nobody in Security does anything. Aside from stealing (in some cases almost entire frames) of the famous E.R. shooting episode, too much time of the Grey’s Anatomy Finale is spent developing the idiot emergency crew people and their stunted conversations.
Meredith and Cristina walk gabbling through entire sections of the hospital bereft of people and don’t notice. That the shooter can’t find his way to the office of the Chief is a joke, since we know from previous episodes he has been there. The hospital seems to have no security cameras or intercom. As a violent man in the courtroom, railing against Shepherd, Mr. Clark was creepy. But nobody from the Seattle Grace legal department tapped a dial tone and ordered surveillance?
7. Miranda’s Tantrums
Bailey is always the focus of some emotional jamboree meant for Emmy nominations. But Miranda Bailey gets stuck in a three way drama starring Mandy Moore as a patient and Nosedive from Mercy West as the shooter strikes. Yes, he comes to exactly their hospital room and shoots. For a man bent on saving bullets he’s awfully splurging.
Bailey is always memorable as the ‘rock” of Seattle Grace. But in the finale Miranda can’t stop emoting, blubbing, talking, and sobbing. She has about five different tantrums. It’s just not interesting anymore. Miranda Bailey pretends not to be a doctor so the shooter won’t fire, but then clings to a security blanket of an E.R. to save the wounded resident.
Nosedive’s wound is serious, but the entire floor is bereft of medication, painkiller, surgical instruments and suction equipment? Owen’s lessons about trauma surgery and meatball triage would have looked good here. But Bailey evidently had nothing to learn from him. Dr. Alex Karev is lying shot on the conference table on another floor, where scenes of Lexie with her butt in the air dominate.
Why does the shooter wander around the patient rooms when he is supposed to be looking for the executive offices? In previous episodes, the shooter, Mr. Clark, was in these offices because his wife was dying. He had meetings with Shepherd in his office. The shooter taunts the surgeons, but wanders everywhere but the place of his worst news of his life?
And why when he was suing the company and was obviously distraught, weren’t security procedures installed? After the bomb incident this would have been an automatic hospital policy change. Seattle Grace has some fixes pending. The Chief (the real Chief) is probably coming back.
Bailey goes through about seven steps of emotion. When they finally drag the body to the elevator, they aren’t working. Inept security lockdown has trapped them in. The huge stairwells the Grey’s Antaomy residents live in do not exist in this episode. Bailey does a long shot shimmy dance of rage against the machine. Mandy Moore tells her to calm down. Yes, Mandy Moore is the adult here.
8. Owen and Teddy Overdose
More action and interplay between Teddy and Owen occurs while they sweep a patient in a gurney through the silent hospital than all season long. Teddy starts dictating why Owen blackballed her for the Cardio job, while Owen anxiously looks for the shooter. Apparently nobody ever thought of putting patient rooms and ER rooms on the same floor. The O. R. staff is left in the meat locker while the two most valuable staff wander out into the hospital.
Despite radio reports of critical patients and shooting victims, the elevators get shut down. Owen and Teddy have been in a war together, so they casually bicker while navigating dangerous hallways. Altman sets him straight about is romantic feelings and then blocks the emergency personnel who try to grab Owen on his way back into the hospital. The shot of the security officer’s reaction is another setup for the other show Rimes must be putting together. Way too much exterior character focus in this finale.
Owen conveniently has no war flashbacks, even though armored gun toters flush the hospital. Altman doesn’t care that a crazy shooter is walking through the halls but gives Owen a loud piece of her mind anybody might hear. Owen also walks into a glass windowed E. R. where the shooter is standing right next to Cristina. When Owen says to the shooter that he’ll kill him if he hurts Cristina, it’s laughable. Owen hasn’t been tracking Cristina as a love interest for some time, she has now become just a complication.
Owen’s very presence in the operating room seems more a selfish desire to be in the thick of the action than to save her. Of course, after Meredith fingered Owen as being conflicted about Teddy, Owen has to do something large scale heroic (like save Shepherd) to redeem himself. Or Meredith and Cristina will never accept him as the main man for the brilliant resident again. Owen’s character is reduced to a stick figure in red hair.
Cristina for the first time seems to connect with Avery, just as Owen fishes the last of his manhood from whatever dark receptacle it lives in. The reaction shot on Owen’s face as he hears Meredith her declaim her miscarriage is a woefully underdirected moment. The Owen character has been so washed out from the vibrant war tough guy that Cristina fell for it’s almost as well Kevin McKidd will be leaving to film “Rome” the movie.
9. Meredith Channels Foreign Personalities
Meredith Grey is supposed to be hard as nails. The child of Alice Gray, the survivor of countless episodes of abuse and trauma. Presented with her shot husband she loses her mind and composure and channels a person we’ve never met. She ignores basic first aid and grabs Shepherd by the arms, telling him not to die. Cristina observes this and asks her relevant questions. Grey becomes a babbling, whimpering wreck who sobs at miracle intensity without additional breath.
The direction is so poor and inconsistent between the scenes I believe the director may have never actually never seen a woman cry in real life. Meredith Grey further ignores Cristina’s advice to stay clear of the surgery and mind her pregnancy. Meredith then throws her best friend to the ground and leaves the security of the storage room. Does she have super powers we don’t know about?
Cristina actually hits her head on a wire shelf during the fall. Then Meredith tries to strong arm her way into Derek’s emergency procedure, stating “He’s my husband”. Cristina’s brain is later the means of saving Derek, it’s a good thing Meredith didn’t injure her. The shooter who couldn’t find Derek’s office finds the E. R. room Cristina is operating in without delay and threatens to shoot Cristina if she doesn’t stop operating.
Meredith comes into the emergency operating room and starts babbling that she is the death that the shooter is looking for. She is the one connected to the former Chief and Derek and Lexie. (Lexie pulled the plug on the shooter’s wife). Ellen Pompeo just can’t pull it off. I get the feeling that all the Grey’s Anatomy stars walked off the set after filming the finale and called their agent.
But Meredith has become an unfamiliar person by this time, speaking in a manner inconsistent with every episode of Grey’s. Her lightning sobs and whimpering just don’t do justice to every episode of Grey’s Anatomy when her rock hard composure stunned onlookers and won admiration. The scene on the catwalk is horrible, unbelievable and lacking so much credibility it looks like a rehearsal that got filmed.
Meredith launches into the most stupid and lame brained speech of all time during the Grey finale. When the shooter is trying to threaten Cristina, nobody in the room makes a physical effort to defend themselves. Meredith keeps talking and the shooter just can’t find a worthy opponent, and then metamorphs into instant Defcon-5 grief the millisecond Derek’s flatline occurs. Cristina flat out tells her to mind the baby. Meredith spaces.
Even though Meredith Grey is a doctor and has seen amazing things happen in the Seattle Grace O.R., this instant outpouring looks fake. Wouldn’t any pregnant woman in her right mind had for the door and mind her baby? The entire introduction of the Part One Sanctuary and Part Two Death and All His Friends is her pleasure at being pregnant. By the end of the episode she is having a miscarriage. Great work, Dr. Grey!!!!
10. Weakening of Cristina
It takes actual shooting trauma and evacuation of the other Seattle Grace medical personnel to get Cristina some cardio surgery time. Owen must get shot to redeem himself. And Meredith ignores her advice and loses her baby. Cristina is the only reason to watch this show and here’s hoping that Season 7 shows some real action between her and Avery.